December 2001

This TRIangle file format just supports facet type models made up of triangular polygons (3 vertices). As such it is similar to formats such as VEF, the OFF format from the Geometry center, and the RAW triangle format.

A TRI file consists of three sections, a one line header, the vertices, and finally the triangles. The one line header simply contains the number of items in the two subsequent sections, namely the number of vertices and the number of triangles.

Each line in the vertex section consists of one vertex made up of 9 numbers, they are the coordinate (x,y,z), the unit normal at that coordinate (x,y,z), and the colour at that coordinate (r,g,b). Each colour component ranges from 0 to 1.

Each line in the triangle section consists of three vertices given as integer indices into the vertex section. The indices start at 0.

The following TRI file has 2048 vertices and 4092 triangles. The first triangle is made up of the first three vertices, namely vertex 0, 1, and 2.

2048 4092 0.081028 0.00519925 0.352117 0.099192 -0.058664 0.993338 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.150497 0.00501925 0.347408 0.011305 -0.114227 0.99339 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.115215 0.0552622 0.35306 -0.006704 -0.054489 0.998492 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.0118943 0.0562323 0.360595 0.127291 0.045234 0.990833 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.0114065 0.107345 0.357191 0.111191 0.066743 0.991555 0.6 0.5 0.4 : : : 0.847981 -0.192869 0.0724376 0.438841 -0.805738 0.397749 0.6 0.5 0.4 -0.731624 -0.00203848 -0.367665 -0.55092 -0.492053 -0.674071 0.6 0.5 0.4 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 5 7 8 7 9 : : : 407 1281 1911 1911 1281 410